Real Madrid’s win over Getafe on Saturday was not enough to stop Barcelona from winning the La Liga title. Yet, the result helped Los Blancos maintain their momentum during a crucial period and was possible only through a Marco Asensio goal.
The 27-year-old has exploded into the campaign despite the rocky start he faced to the 2022/23 season. He has already amassed nine goals and six assists in 28 league appearances this season and is one of the leading options on the right wing.
According to the Spanish outlet, Real Madrid have sent Asensio a second renewal offer after the first did not suffice the player’s expectations. The 27-year-old wants more prominence and minutes in the team but knows that he has the club and coach’s complete confidence.
The sensation at the moment leans towards Asensio staying at the club. After all, Florentino Perez himself told the player last January that there would be no problem in renewing his contract.
With at least five more games to go before the season ends, Asensio is Real Madrid’s third-highest goalscorer this season in La Liga and has matched his best numbers for the club. It is thus not surprising that the administration decided to take a U-turn on his renewal.
The Spaniard has no shortage of suitors across the globe. Arch-rivals Barcelona, and most recently Aston Villa are some of the teams that have explored the possibility of signing Asensio.
Real Madrid’s second renewal offer is said to have been received well by Asensio and there is optimism that an agreement can be reached soon. At the moment, however, all focus is on the tie against Manchester City.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.